4 Reasons That Say It's Still Summer in Minnesota
Weekend Wildcard August 30 & 31 - Happy Labor Day Minnesota!
post by Lindy Medeiros
Labor Day? Really? Can someone please tell me how this happened? Wasn’t I paying attention to August as it whizzed past me in a blur? Apparently not because my monthly bucket list of stuff to do and places to visit is only half full, not to mention my summer bucket list which did not even reach the half-way mark this year. Still, I need to remind myself, and anyone else that needs a reminder, that summer is not over yet.
Some folks think that Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer but I strongly disagree! It still looks and feels like summer, the fat lady has not sung. and it is not over, and for anyone who needs proof...
1. The Autumnal Equinox Three Weeks in the Future
Peek at the calendar. See? The first day of fall in the Northern Hemisphere is September 23, also known as the Autumnal Equinox. Equinox is from the Latin meaning “equal night” and that is the day we have the same number of day and night hours. Since the days are still longer than the nights here in the Metro, let's keep enjoying that extra daylight!
2. The Birds, Bees, and the Flowers and the Trees
If you have a moment, take a look around. You see trees with green leaves, sunflowers standing tall, geraniums and petunias still flowering their little hearts out, bees buzzing, and butterflies fluttering. Looks like summer to me!
3. Temperatures in the Twin Cities Metro
Predicted temperatures around the Metro this coming week are topping out in the high 70’s to low 80’s with low’s in the 60’s. According to weather.com, those are still summer temperatures!
4. Clothing, More or Less
Folks in the Metro are still sporting shorts, tanks, t-shirts and flip flops! There are still swimmers and sunbathers at the outdoor pool where I live and a couple are wearing bikinis. Male joggers are still running shirtless, I saw 2 this morning on my way to the farmers market. And, the Twins are still playing baseball! Looks like summer to me!
There you have it, irrefutable evidence that speaks summer in the Twin Cities, at least for a little while longer. I know the kids are back to school and the Monarch Butterflies and Hummingbirds have begun migrating south. Admittedly summer is on the wane. All too soon we will be seeing a little color in the trees and the pumpkin harvest will begin. Autumn is waiting in the wings and the fat lady is practicing scales, warming up to sing her farewell aria to summer, but at least for now, and the next couple of weeks, please let’s continue to enjoy summer!